OPTN/SRTR 2020 Annual Data Report: DOD

A. K. Israni, D. Zaun, K. Gauntt, C. Schaffhausen, W. McKinney, J. J. Snyder

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SRTR uses data collected by OPTN to calculate metrics such as donation rate, organ yield, and rate of organs recovered for transplant but not transplanted. In 2020, there were 12,588 deceased donors, an increase from 11,870 in 2019; this number has been increasing since 2010. The number of deceased donor transplants increased to 33,303 in 2020, from 32,313 in 2019; this number has been increasing since 2012. The increase may be due in part to the rising number of deaths of young people amid the ongoing opioid epidemic. The number of organs transplanted included 18,410 kidneys, 962 pancreata, 8350 livers, 91 intestines, 3722 hearts, and 2463 lungs. Compared with 2019, transplants of all organs except pancreata and lung transplants increased in 2020, which is remarkable despite the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV2 virus. In 2020, 4870 kidneys, 294 pancreata, 861 livers, 3 intestines, 39 hearts, and 115 lungs were discarded. The number of discards was similar to that of the previous year. In 2019, 4,324 kidneys, 346 pancreata, 867 livers, 5 intestines, 31 hearts, and 148 lungs were discarded. These numbers suggest an opportunity to increase numbers of transplants by reducing discards. Despite the pandemic, there was no dramatic increase in number of discards and an increase in total number of donors and transplants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-552
Number of pages34
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Volume22 Suppl 2
Issue numberS2
StatePublished - Mar 2022

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  • Donation rate
  • eligible death
  • organ discard
  • organ yield
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • COVID-19/epidemiology
  • Organ Transplantation/standards
  • Humans
  • Adolescent
  • Tissue Donors/classification
  • Registries
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement/statistics & numerical data

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  • Journal Article


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